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Mariners stop Goucher in conference opener, 2-1

Mariners stop Goucher in conference opener, 2-1

TOWSON, Md. – Kings Point struck early in each half as the Mariners held on for a 2-1 victory over Goucher College in their Landmark Conference opener on Saturday.

Freshman midfielder Kyle Arestivo (Northport, N.Y.) scored in the first half and junior defender Kurt Olsen (Charlotte, N.C.) added an insurance goal the final half that the Mariners (5-1 overall, 1-0 conference) needed.

The Mariners enjoyed the majority of possession in the first half as they hit the crossbar three times.

"We did enough to win a conference game, which is important," head coach Mike Smolens said. "I'm happy to get the win.

"We look forward to playing a tough NYU team on Wednesday."

Arestivo turned a turnover into a goal with a shot from the top of the penalty area past goalkeeper Steve Baum at 7:59.

Olsen, a co-captain, doubled the lead to 2-0 with a penalty kick at 49:26 after senior defender Hollis Irvine (Greenwich, N.J.) was taken down in the box. Goucher sliced the lead in half with Hudson Bielecki's score off a long service from Brandon Weiner past goalkeeper Gary Poulin at 87:35.

Junior goalkeeper Garrett Reinert (Houston, Texas) played the opening 45 minutes for the Mariners and made one save. Poulin, a junior (Hauppauge, N.Y.) who came on at halftime, did not have to make a save.  Baum made three saves for Goucher (2-4, 0-1).

Kings Point outshot Goucher, 17-11.

The Mariners will host New York University in a non-conference match at Tomb Field in Kings Point, N.Y. on Wednesday at 7:45 p.m.

Photo: Freshman midfielder Kyle Arestivo gave Kings Point a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute.